Whenever we are put in a dangerous situation where we have to defend ourselves, instinctively, we start experiencing a strong emotion that we call anger. The latter is a powerful emotion with both positive and negative sides, and it is up to you to decide whether it is going to help or hurt you.
Due to many factors that we experience daily, like stress and problems with our loved ones, we start losing control of our anger. We may even reach a point when we become unaware of our actions and words, which could lead to disastrous endings.
Clearly, everyone experiences anger, but it is up to us to decide whether we are going to understand and control it, or let it completely control us, ruin our lives and relationship with others.
If you already have issues dealing with anger, then here are 10 simple ways that are guaranteed to control it. Just keep in mind it is all about your attitude towards it after all.
1. WRITE IT ALL DOWN
When you find yourself drowning in your anger to the point you get extremely frustrated, don’t let it out on other people. Isolate yourself for a few minutes, write down everything that’s going in your head, and then destroy that paper.
This method can help relieve a large amount of tension. Make sure to mention the little details that annoyed you and describe each thing that pissed you off. Just focus on setting your mind free from all the negative thoughts.
2. SEEK LOVE AND ATTENTION
A simple hug could easily help you control your anger due to the release of oxytocin. The latter is a neurotransmitter that decreases annoyance and stress. So while hugging a friend, you will gradually feel happier and way more comfortable than you felt in the situation you were experiencing.
3. CHEW GUM
According to some recent studies, chewing gum while angry can help you get over tough situations and better your actions toward others. The reason is when you move your jaw, all of your muscles start releasing tension.
This is one more reason to why you should always keep gum in your pockets, you never know when you will be put in such situations.
4. GO FOR A WALK (OR A RUN)
While feeling frustrated, you have to do some physical activities, regardless of what they are: walk for 20 minutes, run a mile or do push-ups. Any activity will help your brain produce endorphins, which is the hormone of happiness that helps burn off bad energy that could later turn to annoyance or hatred.
5. SING YOUR FAVORITE SONG
Yes, you are too pissed to even remember a song, but it is best if you try. Singing is guaranteed to be an amazing way to reduce anger and stress.
So when you are in a terrible mood, put your favorite song on, go someplace alone, and let your inner Beyoncé comes out. Just sing it through as powerful as you can. You will notice how your mood will improve after only one song.
6. EAT SOMETHING CRUNCHY
Most of us are emotional eaters and we are aware of it. Somehow, every kind of food becomes extra delicious when we are feeling angry or down. But we are also aware of the regret we get later on that lead us to anger again, but this time, at ourselves.
So in order to satisfy your emotional-eater side without disappointing yourself, try to eat something crunchy. Humans enjoy listening to crunchy sounds, especially the ones we make. It will ease the tension in your jaws and release a lot of stress.
7. BLOW ON YOUR THUMB
If the frustration is causing your heart to race to the point you might do something stupid and unexpected, then you should blow on your thumb. Yeah, you read that right!
Our thumbs have their own pulses, and by blowing on them, it will be calmer and your heart rate will slow down. It might sound like a hilarious thing to do, but trust us, it works.
8. DO SOME CHORES
I know, we don’t like to do our chores even in our most delightful moods, but doing repetitive and mindless household chores can calm us down in a short amount of time.
Groom your pooch, work on your houseplants, declutter your drawers, and sort out your closet. You will be shocked at how fast your mood will be changed to peacefulness and greatness.
9. STAND NEAR A PLANT
Standing next to a plant for 10 minutes will help you get the much-needed oxygen. So try to look for the nearest plant you could find and just have seat next to it. You will be able to think clearly and have an easier time to feel calmer and happier.
Also, try to inhale some lavender or jasmine scent because they are great for restful sleep and anxiety relief.
10. SET A TIMER TO DEAL WITH YOUR ANGER
The fastest and easiest way to control your anger could be simpler than you think. Set a timer and leave no time for yourself to stay angry. During that time, focus on anything that can make you happy like watching animal videos, listen to your favorite tunes, watch something funny, or simply dance it out.
Remember that you are the one responsible for your anger and you are the one who is in control, not it.